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I keep regressing back to 10-year-old Eric mode when thinking about “Guardians of the Galaxy.” That little me, who comes packaged with a Lloyd Christmas haircut and habit of wearing utterly unflattering sweatpants, gets overeager and wicked tongue tied trying to express enthusiasm. The best part of a film or TV show or book was X, and Y, and sometimes Zed and Alpha too.
When Alexa Rogers was only 5 years old, she met a little girl named Sam who was very similar to herself. Sam was bright, happy and always trying to give back to others. There was only one glaring difference between the two.
Escapism is an underrated part of life, something devalued from a combination of cynicism and a lack of pragmatic purpose. But flights into fantasy are invaluable when coping with something large and frightful, or simply trying to stave off impending doom.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ben Baldanza, the CEO of Spirit Airlines, leans over his kitchen table, takes another look at the board and plots out his strategy.
Jackie Evancho, a 13-year-old classical crossover star who debuted on the national stage on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” seems to only get bigger and better with age.
You might deck your halls with boughs of homegrown holly, but unless you planned ahead, those boughs could lack red berries. And that leads us to some frank talk about sex.
’Twas the afternoon of Christmas and all through the house, presents were opened and appetites doused. Get away from the mess and out on the town; these are the places fun can be found.
Christmas isn’t really about some fat guy sliding down the chimney. The significance of it should represent a spirit of “Peace on earth and goodwill toward man,” but it’s Christ’s birth foremost.
The state bird of Arizona is a sweet little fowl called the cactus wren. We also have a state gemstone (turquoise), a state reptile (ridgenose rattlesnake), and I’m willing to bet we even have a state predatory arthropod, which would be that scorpion I killed under the Christmas tree yesterday.
Each year, Ballet Arizona rings in the season with Ib Andersen’s “The Nutcracker,” when dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s score performed by The Phoenix Symphony.
The light show at the Mesa Arizona Temple Gardens consists of hundreds of thousands of lights on palm trees and flower gardens. [Submitted by James Stamsek]
With the day after Christmas approaching, residents of Mesa who want to dispose of their tree can do so by dropping them off for free through Jan. 19.
There are very few holidays simultaneously as warm and cold as Christmas. If the multitudes of Christmas specials that pockmark the screen are any indication, this time of year is about families engaging in the little traditions like opening that one present on Christmas Eve or holding a holiday dance party. They end up forging memories that remain lodged in the mind to reappear 10 or 15 or 20 or more years down the line.
I am occasionally asked whether I decorate my house for Christmas.
More than 200 children in Gilbert will receive at least one present underneath their Christmas tree due to the efforts of many volunteers living in a Gilbert active adult community.
With a week left ‘til Christmas, many have their shopping done and the presents neatly wrapped under the tree. The rest of us are still trying to find stocking-stuffers, a hostess gift for this weekend’s holiday party and a unique present for the wine aficionado who has everything. Fear not — we found five local ways to cross the last items off your list.
Finding a faux snow- and candy cane-filled homage to Santa Claus is easy; just look at your local mall for the line snaking around the giant Christmas tree. Honing in on an experience that makes as much of the Christmas story — the story of the birth of Jesus — is another matter.
Looking up at the headshots on the wall, Wanda Manville carefully goes over almost each photo, explaining the dancer’s name, background and where they are now. I suddenly realize that Manville, the 74-year-old owner and director of Tempe Dance Academy, has a genuine personal connection to each of the faces displayed on the wall.
Get out and burn off those Christmas calories at this annual fitness run/walk featuring a 12K, 6K and 1.2K with carolers at each kilometer, a pet village and a Christmas bazaar.
It is only a few short weeks until Christmas and as I ponder about how to make this year’s event merry and bright, I thought I would share my ideas with you.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Kyrene School District is trying to spread the holiday cheer by asking community members for toy donations for its Winter Wonderland toy drive.
You got trouble at home? Kids not interested in family stuff? Spouse or friends not around much? Family is one of the hardest parts of life and with all the competition against bonding and parental influence, it’s a wonder families ever work.
There was no warmth outside the walls of the First Baptist Church of Mesa on Thursday night. Winter won’t start for another two weeks, but the temperature — cold enough to cause the ears to tingle and burn a little — was a reminder the line between seasons is flexible.
House parent Barb Scharret finishes decorating a Christmas tree in the Neely House at the Sunshine Acres Children's Home in Mesa, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.